Seriously Deliciously Glühwein Recipe

“Glüh-what? It’s a heated, spiced red wine, and literally means glow wine, from the hot irons which were used for mulling back in the day. In Europe, glühwein is accessible at almost all winter markets, especially over Christmas, traditionally attracting passersby with its spiced scent and emanating heat. As the name suggests, it’s a beverage most popular in German-speaking countries, but it has origins in Britain, Nordic countries such as Sweden and Finland and even Rome, with the first recorded wine being heated and spiced over 19 centuries ago.” –

Winter is definitely here in South Korea. The air is suddenly chillier and the sky looks more gloomy. One of my favourite memories from last year’s winter in Seoul was when my friend, Jade, visited me from Hong Kong.

We spent the days bundled up in layers, touring around snowy Seoul, and the nights bundled up in our airbnb chatting and catching up. The highlight of our evenings? Gluwein! We sourced all the ingredients in Seoul and happily whisked up a big batch. The warmth, the citrus and cinnamon and the chats were the perfect plan for a winter evening. The spices are easy to find at the likes of Homeplus or Emart. We went to the High street market in Itaewon to source all our supplies.

One of my other dear friends, Gosia, is a blogger at Glou Glou, a blog about wine for real humans. She works in the wine industry and shared a delicious recipe for Gluewien over on her blog.

Topday I’m sharing the recipe because its the PERFECT season for those living in the northern hemisphere to start sipping on a steamy cup of Gluhwein. This recipe caters for a group of six people to adequately each have two cups.

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Glühwein (for 12 people)

1 x box red wine (5l)
1 x  lemon
4 x sticks of cinnamon
6 x cloves
4 x cardamom pods
6 x tbsp of brown sugar
6 to 8 slices of orange


  1. Slowly heat the red wine in a large pot (don’t bring to the boil at any point as this will cause the alcohol to evaporate).
  2. Slice the lemon and orange and add it to the wine along with the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise and sugar.
  3. Stir slowly until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to simmer gently for 10 to 15 minutes (again, don’t allow it to boil).
  4. Remove the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise and lemon slices.

Pour into individual mugs (a ladle works well) and add a slice of orange if you wish. Serve hot.

You can usually find box wine at Costco. Alternatively the same recipe can be made using 6 and 2/3 bottles of wine. (750ml per bottle)



Keep warm and please send me your pictures of your gluhwein gatherings this winter.